ONE Lab

 
 
 

The One Lab (1L) is an urban non-profit group involved in research and education. 1L professes a new awakening in the power and role of designing with technology in urban areas.  We have uncovered a necessity for an independent, interdisciplinary think tank, or pedagogical "silo breaker zone," in which to inquire, rouse, debate, conduct experiments, and rethink the potential of humanity at all scales. We do not see design and technology belonging to any individual mindset; instead we envision design to be totalizing, comprehensive, and global in reach. We search for harmonized global and local solutions that can open the sociopolitical borders that all too often separate design from people. The overreaching aim is to develop a language of technological design that can create proximity between individual responsibility and the current global environmental crisis. We perceive environmental problems as an issue of human alienation from the natural world, and our initiative will explore ways in which design can reformat this separation.  Innovation, for us, is the answer to sustainable cities and ecosystems.

THE URBANEER CURRICULUM
Whose job is it to create a city?  Our intention is to jumpstart a new profession that can re-invent and negotiate the complex mix that encompasses a city.  We have defined a radical new occupation to regenerate, pioneer, and sustain the future urban realm. These innovative multi-disciplinarian advocates are called Urbaneers. Their immense task is to manifest and facilitate the City 2.0 across the globe.  Each Urbaneer is an individual with a different set of versatile abilities that merge previously disparate occupations.  They range from combined ecological architects and engineers to action based urban planners and developers.  Almost any recombined professional activities will work, so long as they meet the constantly changing needs of urbanization.  Urbaneers perform in a role akin to Jane Jacobs, but at the magnitude and accomplishment of Robert Moses. An excellent historical example of an Urbaneer is Frederick Law Olmstead.  For years, we have shaped a school called ONE Lab that has expanded on this very notion.  ONE Lab instructs in the art of Urbaneering to people seeking to augment their sensibilities and operate within cities.  We wish to further develop an Urbaneer curriculum at ONE Lab.

Community Outreach
ONE Lab advocates urban thinking by cultivating community organizers and activists.  Today, city government and grassroots movements require more demands than traditional silo encapsulated professionals can procure. We must break away from insular territories of knowledge and redefine the limits of future neighborhoods.  Urbaneers have the technical knowhow combined with conceptual exuberance.  In order to redefine our urban community we need to redefine the supportive disciplines that instigate it. In its simplest form, an Urbaneer is someone with an existing career track that adds a consecutive qualified activity to focus on cities. This focal point can be in concepts of waste, food, water, air quality, mobility, energy, and culture.  Our educational venture, ONE Lab, is poised to cultivate this change.  Our school boosts people into an advanced intellectual filter towards the recalibration of the city. As members of an urban community, Urbaneers can serve to better inform leaders or become leaders themselves.

Long-term Vision
Our Urbaneering program at ONE Lab aspires to create a vision of the next city. The mission is to form heterodox approaches urgently needed in the age of natural resource scarcity. We seek synchronized global and local solutions that can open the sociopolitical borders that all too often disconnect design from people. Our overarching aim is to develop a language of urban thinking that can create proximity between individual responsibility and the current global environmental crisis. We perceive environmental problems as an issue of human alienation from the natural world, and our initiative will explore ways in which design and science can reformat this separation.  Innovation, for us, is the answer to equitable cities and eco-systems.
The City 2.0 needs a new breed of communicator.  A person skilled in the art of cites beyond the typical planners, civil engineers, and architects of today.  These fields need a multifaceted filter of reason to incorporate a profound comprehension of place.  An Urbaneer posits the solutions to urban problems that normally take multiple disciplines to solve. Why can’t an architect design a transportation system or an ecologist design a building complex, or an automotive engineer design an urban landscape?  We are looking to merge the edification and skills needed to reform the city of today.  

Main Lessons
We desire to learn more about mechanisms of change that reach the public. How can city thinkers communicate and receive continuous feedback to the denizens of a place?  Its vitally important to investigate theories and projects such as the Masdar City, Smart Cities, and Landscape Urbanism and redistribute their cathartic elements elsewhere.  Every city is different, yet successful principles and patterns of dwelling are known.  These are the methods to transfer into other environs. Through innovative education, we believe this is possible.  

ONE Lab develops its pedagogy based on the needs of interdisciplinary workshops and improvised studio areas.This rarefied mixture of different knowledge sets in close proximity formulated a unique alliance.Its shared values are evoked in dialogues between discipline groups in order to solve problems. At this juncture, freely organized teams produce solutions that can span multiple fields of expertise around the world.Eventually, we seek to create ONE Lab Urbaneer charters around the world.